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Chelsea Bravo x The Fashion Retail Academy London

I had the pleasure of speaking to the students at The Fashion Retail Academy this week about Chelsea Bravo and sustainability in fashion. It was lovely to see young people eager to learn, ask questions and understand how sustainable choices can make a difference and have a positive impact not only for the fashion industry but for our environment, the future of our planet and the wellbeing of people. 

Thank you FRA for having me! I look forward to working with the students again soon. 

If you are an institution and would like me to come to your school, college, or university to deliver a presentation, seminar or workshop then please do not hesitate to get in contact with me via email!

-CB

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You Should Squarespace Campaign

Last month we flew out to New York to shoot the You Should campaign with Sqaurespace which went live last night at The Golden Globes! We are delighted to see the final outcome of two long days of filming and shooting. Working with the team was amazing and it's even more amazing to see these videos! 

Hope you guys are inspired to keep going for your dreams upon watching this.

Thank you Squarespace! 

CB x 

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2015 Moments To Remember

2015 started off with us entering the doors of The Hospital Club at London: Collections Men for the very first time in January, after being emailed personally by members of the British Fashion Council. Showcasing the WABI collection in The Emerging Designer Showrooms was a big deal for us and it's crazy to think that this was nearly a year ago! This time last year buttons were still being sown on to jackets, alongside the preparation of working drawings, line sheets and endless cups of tea (it's not just about the collection but paperwork needs to be done for these things too!) Thank you to those who took the time to talk to us and for those that stopped by especially to say hello during that time. Meeting people and introducing them personally to the brand is always lots of fun and connecting with people is something we really enjoy, so thank you. 

The calm before the storm. The Hospital Club 8.01.15

The calm before the storm. The Hospital Club 8.01.15

In the month of May we had the privilege of meeting and joining US Rapper GoldLink for his headline performance at SOULECTION at KoKo Camden. Goldlink wore our Yellow Felt Face Shirt (our most beloved piece from the Concourse collection) for his performance. The night, as Americans would say was LIT!!! Truly unforgettable and one of our favourite moments from 2015.

Image: Curtis Jehsta

Image: Curtis Jehsta

June saw our dear friend Kojey Radical touring with the Mercury Award Winning band Young Fathers. Kojey opened up for their London show at Koko wearing the Navy Monk Shirt and The Stripweave Navy Cropped Trousers from our WABI collection. Special well done to Kojey for an incredible and captivating performance as always. You can also see pieces from WABI in Kojey's gripping video for BAMBU, which he premiered at The Tate Britain a few months back. (Find the link to BAMBU at the end of this post)

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Image by Hypemari

 

Our second season at L:CM also took place in the month of June, where we presented the SS16 collection entitled 'Interlude (Somewhere between the beginning and the end)'. This was a pivotal time for the brand, as my perspective and the direction of how I wanted to move forward in my work and craft personally and as a brand began to shift and evolve. Things that I thought I wanted, that I thought mattered and things that I thought I needed all began to crumble away as I began to see what was really important to me and what I truly wanted for myself and the brand. 

Thank you to all those who attended the presentation that took place in conjunction with Pause Magazine and for all your kind words and comments towards Interlude.

Images by Johnny Fonseca

Who was watching Glastonbury live or from home in July? If so, who spotted Chelsea Bravo on stage with FKA Twigs?! We were delighted to see two of her band members styled in our pieces from the Concourse collection (thank you Jonathan!) 2016 will see us connecting with more musicians and creatives, let's get Chelsea Bravo on the main stage next year! 

FKA Twigs & Band Glastonbury 2015. Styled by Jonathan Johnson

FKA Twigs & Band Glastonbury 2015. Styled by Jonathan Johnson

In the month of August I ventured out to my place of birth after three years away, New York City. My trip was a short five days but so fulfilling as I connected with some beautiful souls and had such a warm welcome in the city, both from the people and the HEAT. Each person I connected with was meaningful and are individuals that I have stayed in contact with since then. These people include the wonderful Lauren and Zakkiyyah of Black Girl In Om, a wellness publication and space for Women Of Colour to 'Breathe Easy'. Find out more about Black Girl In Om via their Kickstarter Campaign Film (the link will be at the end of this post) and feel free to donate. The pound is stronger than the dollar, £7 equates to $10 (just saying!). 

Through connecting with Lauren and Zakkiyyah I was not only featured on AfroPunk.Com (see my pictures from AfroPunk below) but also had the wonderful opportunity of being interviewed by Lauren Ash (Founder & Creative Director of BGIO) and featured on OrdinaryChin, a blog that celebrates and promotes the 'Visually, Sonically and Spiritually Inclined'. New York has a special place in my heart and I can't wait to begin doing things creatively out there with the brand in the near future. 

If all that wasn't enough, along came November! I like to refer to the last two months of the year as my 'Magical Months' because these two months really pulled out all the stops for me. We started off with our very first interview AND editorial in IDOL Magazine's Surrealist Issue. How breathtaking were the images? Captured by camera-god Phillipp Raheem. I was also interviewed by Idol's features editor Mollie Pyne, who asked me a wealth of great questions that I gave a wealth of great answers to! I love to share my concepts and inspirations with you all, so if you haven't picked up a copy please do and read my interview - I'll love you for it!

Here's a little quote from the interview below.

I treat each garment as an art piece, to express an idea, inspire, excite and create a conversation.
— Idol Magazine The Surrealist Issue

Within the same month we also saw the release of Women In This Town, if you guys follow my blogs or the brand on social media you would have seen me posting quite a bit about this book. I still can't really believe it to this day, that I am in a book so early in my career...? I look at it sitting on my desk each day and smile, an incredible opportunity that came my way this year and something I am so grateful for.

Dreams come true so hold on to them.
— Chelsea Bravo

Women In This Town is a book which captures women's style from all around the world through the lense of Giuseppe Santamaria. Within the book you will also find interviews with inspiring creative women from each city, I'm so glad to be that woman for London. The book can be brought at Waterstones, Foyles Bookstores & Selfridges here in the UK and Barnes & Nobles in US as well as online. Please tag me in a photo if you purchase it or come across it in the New Year!

Chelsea Boys x Design Butler. Image Elyse Kennedy

Chelsea Boys x Design Butler. Image Elyse Kennedy

November also saw a new series go live here on the blog, #ChelseaBoys. Chelsea Boys is a series where we feature a creative boy who we admire and believe fits in with the Chelsea Bravo culture and aesthetic. It's not only a way for the brand to connect with these guys personally but also our way of connecting them with you and also shedding light on their craft. I'm really looking forward to connecting with and featuring more guys throughout 2016, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Also, if you would like to be featured or know of someone who will suit the series please let me know. Below are incredible illustrations of our WABI collection by Design Butler who we collaborated with for the first series.

And lastly, the best was definitely saved till last as we flew out to New York a couple of weeks ago for the second time this year! To film and shoot a campaign with the very platform you're reading this on- Squarespace. I mean, this was THE icing on the cake for the year! My time with the team was incredible and unforgettable, I literally felt as though I got a preview of my future not just in my minds eye but in reality, an experience I am so grateful for.

The campaign should be out early next year and of course i'll be shouting about it here and via my social platforms when it's out, so stay tuned!

I truly hope that those that have been following the journey will continue to do so in 2016. Please note that we are pulling back from LC:M next season whilst we work on developing the behind the scene areas of the brand, so that we can kick off strong in 2017. However, we will be focusing on more creative collaborations, delivering product to our very first stockist (more info to come on that) and connecting and building on our creative relationships here and overseas. So please stick with us and continue to show your support,

Wishing you all a prosperous 2016!

So much love,

CB x

 

Links

AfroPunk

Kojey Radical BAMBU

 Women In This Town Book

Women In This Town Short Interview Video

Ordinary Chin Interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview With Ordinary Chin New York

In five years my dream is to own my own concept space for the brand and my work which I want to open up to other designers and artists to be a part of also. I feel like I’ve always struggled with finding a community to be a part of so I want to create that with this space. I want it to be quite an interchangeable space and a place to truly experience the brand up close and personal. Whether it will be based here in London or New York City is the question!
— www.ordinarychin.com/style-grace/

Read my interview with Lauren Ash (Founder & Creative Director of Black Girl In Om) now on Ordinary Chin. Delighted to be infiltrating US soil, I'm coming for you New York!

www.ordinarychin.com

 

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CHELSEA BOYS: Design Butler

Chelsea Boys is a new series on the blog where we handpick and profile a creative 'boy' that we admire and who fulfils the Chelsea Bravo aesthetic and culture uniquely.

Our first Chelsea Boy is Graphic Designer Design Butler, who we were delighted to meet for the first time at London Collections: Men in June. He has captivated us with his use of line, precision and attention to detail in his illustrative work over the past two years that we've been following him on Instagram. His portraits of women and the female form is translated through pen with a admirable sense of delicacy and appreciation for the female body, continuously feeding us with an array of striking and mesmerising photographic-like images.

We asked Design Butler to illustrate our key pieces from the WABI collection in his own way, using light washes of colour. We also captured him at Tap Coffee on Tottenham Court Road and enjoyed the best Flat White and Mocha you'll probably experience in London! Here Butler wears our Monk Applique Jacket and Shirt from the WABI collection. 

We hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about the guy behind Design Butler in this feature and look out for more #ChelseaBoys coming up in the New Year.

CB 

 

CB: How did the name 'Design Butler' come about?

DB: The name Design Butler was inspired by the Dark Knight Triology, I realised I wanted to be what Alfred was to Bruce Wayne but in the design perspective, a servant of design of some sort - serving good design.

CB: What is your favourite medium to work with?

DB: My 0.05 fine liner pen by UniPin never disappoints.

 

CB: What’s your favourite part of the female body and why?

DB: I have never thought about this, I think picking out a particular part would be objectifying no? I definitely do have respect for the female form as whole.

CB: What are you listening to right now?

DB: Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul

 

Design Butler wears the Monk Applique Wool Jacket from our WABI collection

Design Butler wears the Monk Applique Wool Jacket from our WABI collection

CB: One unforgettable moment of 2015?

DB: When I had my first exhibition during the summer, I was really proud of that.

Illustrations by Design Butler for Chelsea Bravo

Photography by Elyse Kennedy

With thanks to Tap Coffee Shop

 

Feel free to leave your comments below, let us know what you think and if you would like to be considered for a future Chelsea Boys feature.

 

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Sound Of The Studio With NJAL

We are delighted to share some of our favourite tracks with you as part of NJAL Studio Sounds series. 

Whatever you're doing on this Sunday afternoon, play our playlist in the background and vibe out to artists including OSHUN, Erykah Badu & one of our favourite guys Jesse Boykins III 

See the full feature and interview with Not Just A Label HERE.

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Chelsea Bravo x Idol Magazine The Surrealist Issue

Our Interlude collection features in the AW15 issue of IDOL MAGAZINE celebrating the concept of Surrealism. 

In the issue you will find an interview between Chelsea Bravo and features editor Mollie Pyne with pieces from the Interlude collection modelled by Davey and Milo of Elite, all beautifully captured by the wonderful Philipp Raheem. 

I treat each garment as an art piece, to express an idea, inspire, excite and create conversation.
My concepts haven’t changed much since I started the brand, but they have evolved.
...To partner and collaborate with other creative individuals and platforms - to inspire the world really. I have no limits for Chelsea Bravo.


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Women In This Town: Book Release

I am super excited to announce that Women In This Town is now available to purchase online and in store at Foyles Bookstores across London. It's a beautiful hardback A5 size book filled with a diverse mix of wonderful women from London, New York, Tokyo, Melbourne, Madrid and Paris.

I am honoured to be the Woman representing London and to be one out of six creative women to have the opportunity to share my story and views on London style and my personal style. All the shots are also captured right on my doorstep,  here in Islington, North London.

I truly hope that those who get their hands on this book thoroughly enjoy the women captured and are left with nothing but awe and inspiration!

Thank you to Giuseppe for featuring me in this book and to our dear friend Jefferson!

Love. 

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Chelsea Bravo x AFROPUNK

Whilst out in NYC I had the privilege to attend AFROPUNK Brooklyn! I had an amazing time and connected with some truly special people. 

Find out more about my experience with Black Girl In Om and whilst you're there have a float around on the website :)



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Chelsea Bravo x NYC

I am excited to be in NYC from the 19th-25th August. If you're out there and are interested in connecting please drop me an email.

Looking forward to roaming and connecting with this city!


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Chelsea Bravo Interlude SS16 Preview

Interlude Preview Look Book now online via IDOL MAGAZINE -

"Wounds and imperfections are often patched up and hidden, but it is our wounds that teach us the most valuable lessons and the scars that come from mistakes that tell the deepest stories.."

Photography : Johnny Fonseca 

Model : Nathanael Raveneau

Styling : Chelsea Bravo

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INTERLUDE SS16 - BEHIND THE SCENES

Captured by Johnny Fonseca

With thanks to

The London Flower House SET DESIGN, Lena Feliz Cenar & Natasha Wilson MUAS, Edna Lebbie HAIR, Kojey Radical DIRECTION, Siziwe & Adeeb ASSISTANTS, PAUSE MAGAZINE, Jennifer Eleto LEWIS & LEIGH PR. 

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BRAVO BY MAL

Bravo By Mal featuring Rob and Esme Rose. 

www.malinivaja.com

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